My Private Property

My Private Property

by Mary Ruefle

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Overview

"Ruefle can seem like a supernally well-read person who has grown bored with what smartness looks like, and has grown attracted to the other side. . . . She is not writing with a prescription, or at least not one for this earth. Nor is she celebrating the commonplace. She is concentrating on one thing at a time."—New York Times

"The property that Ruefle deems private is the impalpable nature of the inner life we all share; it is at once ours and everyone's. . . . Ruefle has shown a talent for elevating her acute observations and narrative inclination well above mere anecdote to create quietly disquieting moments—a literature of barbed ambiguity and unresolved disruption." —Bookforum

Author of Madness, Rack, and Honey and Trances of the Blast, Mary Ruefle continues to be one of the most dazzling poets in America. My Private Property, comprised of short prose pieces, is a brilliant and charming display of her humor, deep imagination, mindfulness, and play.

Mary Ruefle is the author of many books, including Trances of the Blast; Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism; and Selected Poems, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940696515
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 224,343
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mary Ruefle is the author of Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism (Wave Books, 2012), and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. She has published ten other books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!, (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007); she is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and include the publication of A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006). Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.

Table of Contents

Little Golf Pencil
Keys
Please Read
Lucky
Observations on the Ground
Blue
The Woman Who Couldn’t Describe a Thing If She Could
Pause
Lullaby
Take Frank
Recollections of My Christmas Tree
Purple
Black
One Girl’s Theory
To a Magazine
Milkshake
Gray
Red
Among the Clouds
My Private Property
Old Immortality
Green
Pink
In the Forest
The Hooded Dream of Dining
Like a Scarf
Orange
Yellow
Wild Forest Blood
Inky Flourish
Personalia
Outcast
Towards a Carefree World
Self-Criticism
White
Brown
They Were Wrong
The Gift
The Invasive Thing
The Sublime
A Strange Thing

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